SUNDAY INSPIRATION: Be Brave

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I am so grateful to have the opportunity to write another Sunday Inspiration post. It has been awhile and I really have missed the time to reflect on some really amazing quotes (I have a whole stash on my desktop!). I think for a long time in my life I had a problem being brave. Being brave scared me because I didn’t know what would come of it, what would come of me speaking my mind, doing something I had never done before, or facing something extremely difficult or painful. I was afraid of being brave, I knew I was capable of being brave, I was just too afraid to try. I have realized this really isn’t any way to live! I want the ability to deal, fix, tackle any challenges that come my way and not shy away from fixing anything. Now that I have the ability to pray for braveness I no longer worry about what might come my way, I know that I can always ask for what I need and I will receive it. Everything we need we already have within us, and that is an extremely beautiful realization for me.

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REINCARNATION: Something Blue

I spend hours hunting down the best accessories or furniture for the spaces in my home, and I love doing that for spaces that aren’t mine as well!  Here is a stylish bedroom, with a little something blue, and where to get similar pieces for your own space.

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I love making a statement with color, and this is certainly a gorgeous statement to make! ROYAL BLUE TUFTED BED $1059.99 from Hayneedle.com

I love making a statement with color, and this is certainly a gorgeous statement to make! ROYAL BLUE TUFTED BED $1059.99 from Hayneedle.com

A fantastic neutral textured rug for any space, HONEYCOMB TEXTURED WOOL RUG in Ivory from West Elm for $699

A fantastic neutral textured rug for any space, HONEYCOMB TEXTURED WOOL RUG in Ivory from West Elm for $699

A just LOVE this bedside lamp, a touch of gold makes every room complete in my book! This is the PACIFIC COAST LAMP from Macy's on sale right now for $139.99

A just LOVE this bedside lamp, a touch of gold makes every room complete in my book! This is the PACIFIC COAST LAMP from Macy’s on sale right now for $139.99

This is a versatile bench, great for the end of the bed or a front entry way! The BJURSTA Bench from Ikea for $99

This is a versatile bench, great for the end of the bed or a front entry way! The BJURSTA Bench from Ikea for $99

This is the splurge for the room, the AUBURN 6 LIGHT CHANDELIER by Arteriors for $1800

This is the splurge for the room, the AUBURN 6 LIGHT CHANDELIER by Arteriors for $1800

A unique bedside table for a low bed! It offers great storage and a stylish look, RHINO TRUNK AND CASE from Wayfair.com for $205

A unique bedside table for a low bed! It offers great storage and a stylish look, RHINO TRUNK AND CASE from Wayfair.com for $205

A great herringbone throw for the end of the bed bench! This is the THRESHOLD HERRINGBONE THROW from Target only $17.99 and it comes in two more amazing colors!

A great herringbone throw for the end of the bed bench! This is the THRESHOLD HERRINGBONE THROW from Target only $17.99 and it comes in two more amazing colors!

 

 

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HOME-SPIRATION: Concrete

This week is a huge week in our renovations, we finally have floors! Not just any floors but beautiful amazing hand scraped hardwood floors. So this post is an ode to the three months that David and I spent with concrete floors. Here are my favorite home-spirations images of concrete in your home! Hopefully we will never have to see that much concrete ever again, unless its in this beautiful way!

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Tented Events

Anyone who knows me, knows that I am huge worrier. I never thought I would want an outdoor wedding because of all the anxiety surrounded around weather, but here I am having an all outdoor wedding in less than 9 months (uh yes I will start the countdown now!) We haven’t resolved to have a tent just yet, but it is always an option when dealing with an outdoor space, and some weddings the tent can really create a venue anywhere. Here are some of my favorite wedding inspiration photos of tented events.

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I love this tent covering one big long table!

I love this tent covering one big long table!

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I love this circus vintage feel!

I love this circus vintage feel!

What a unique way to tent a wedding, a clear tent!

What a unique way to tent a wedding, a clear tent!

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If you’re considering a tent at your wedding, or really any event for that matter, check out this great guide for tented events by SouthernWedding.com

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IN MY KITCHEN: New Cookbook, Against All Grain

Cookbooks are the most beautiful thing, they really are! They are always full of the possibility of delicious meals, and great entertaining. I have a true addiction to cookbooks. Though the funny thing is, I have an extremely difficult time actually following a recipe exactly. I rarely look at measurements and just get the general gist of the idea, yes this is something I am working on, but I will always love to improvise in the kitchen! I recently got a great new cookbook called Against All Grain. I mainly purchased it because I am trying to cut dairy out of my diet and its a “pale” cookbook. No I’m not a paleo eater, but I do need to cut dairy out of my diet so this was a perfect way to start!

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These are two of our favorite recipes we tried, Roasted Tomatoes and Shrimp and Sausage and Peppers Arrabbiata (which is a crockpot recipe! yay!) There are plenty of crockpot recipes (we all know as a working gal I am addicted to my crockpot) and quick prep recipes for great weeknight meals!

 

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Check out Danielle Walker’s website for all her new cookbooks, recipes, and great blog!

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Her Recipe Index.

Her Recipe Index.

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Wedding Day Games

Weddings are an incredibly fun and joyous occasion, no one can deny that! I think the best way for guests to have a good time at an event is to get them involved and there isn’t a better way to get people interacting that games. No not cheesy coordinated games, but casual fun and self starting games. Here are some of my favorite wedding game inspirations to keep your guests entertained for hours!

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WEBSITE OF THE WEEK: Lulu and Georgia

Some women have an affinity towards shoes or handbags, my weakness would be home goods. One of my favorite websites to snag inspiration from, new trends, or just some funky accessories is Lulu & Georgia .com

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They carry some amazing rugs, home accessories, lighting, and a whole section on gifts that are perfect for any stylish decorator. Here are some of my favorite products from their site…

The Hostess Cutting Board for $74

The Hostess Cutting Board for $74

How adorable!!

How adorable!!

 

They have THE cutest doormats. This is the You and Me Doormat for $45. I love it so much it is on our wedding registry!

They have THE cutest doormats. This is the You and Me Doormat for $45. I love it so much it is on our wedding registry!

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Wishful Thinking Wall Hook in gold or white, $40-$50

Wishful Thinking Wall Hook in gold or white, $40-$50

 

Lulu & Georgia are also a great resource for ANYTHING rug related.

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Visit their Rug Guide (click on the picture above) and check out their materials guide, measuring guide, care instructions, and their frequently asked questions. Here are a few of my favorite rugs they have for sale…

This is their Jill Rosenwald Fallow Arrowhead Rug. It comes in a million different colors and is perfect for any room!

This is their Jill Rosenwald Fallow Arrowhead Rug. It comes in a million different colors and is perfect for any room!

This is the Tangiers Kelim Reversible Indoor/Outdoor Rug in Flame.

This is the Tangiers Kelim Reversible Indoor/Outdoor Rug in Flame.

We love this rug so much it is on its way to our home to  help spruce up our breakfast nook!

We love this rug so much it is on its way to our home to help spruce up our breakfast nook!

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HOME-SPIRATION: Adults Only Pool

Over Labor Day weekend David and I went to visit our good friends in Victoria, Texas. They just moved in to a gorgeous house, and put a pool in! So we spent the weekend eating amazing food, drinking cocktails, and lounging in the pool. Now I grew up at house with a pool that no one ever used, and never thought of myself as someone who would love to have a pool. After spending the weekend lounging by the pool in a private backyard oasis, away from screaming kids, floaties and squirt guns, I realized how nice it would be to have a private, adults only pool right in your back yard! Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images of my dream backyard oasis.

This oasis is exactly what I want!

This oasis is exactly what I want!

Love.

Love.

Perfect party hosting backyard.

Perfect party hosting backyard.

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What a unique pool, and gorgeous view!

What a unique pool, and gorgeous view!

The perfect accessory to a backyard pool is an outdoor bathroom. LOVE!

The perfect accessory to a backyard pool is an outdoor bathroom. LOVE!

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REINCARNATION: Lantern Lighting

I have spent a HUGE (maybe inordinate) amount of time shopping for light fixtures. In our previous renovation posts you see that we got rid of our brass light fixtures and updated them. One great trend I came across while researching our dining room table fixture was lantern inspired lighting. We ended up going with a round chandelier type fixture, but I do still love the idea! Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images for lantern lighting and a few great fixtures in case you get inspired by the idea!

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Here are some amazing lantern inspired lighting options for any space…

Richmond Hanging Lantern from ShadesofLight.com

Richmond Hanging Lantern from ShadesofLight.com

Bolton Indoor/Outdoor Lantern from Pottery Barn

Bolton Indoor/Outdoor Lantern from Pottery Barn

Here is a Illumine Satin Black Hanging Lantern from Home Depot.

Illumine Satin Black Hanging Lantern from Home Depot.

Gillmore 6-light Clear Glass Shade Lantern from Overstock.com

Gillmore 6-light Clear Glass Shade Lantern from Overstock.com

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SUNDAY INSPIRATION: What Happiness Takes

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I just adore this quote, because of its complete and honest truth. I am a true believer that happiness is a decision you make, and staying happy is a that decision being repeated over and over in your daily routine. Happiness is not a destination but a side effect of courage, work, and intentional behaviors. Obviously anything worth having is worth working for, but I think the really hard part for me was finding that courage and without a doubt happiness takes courage. Only a short time ago I had a really big fear of missing out, of not getting the approval of others. I would buy concert tickets not because I wanted to see the band, but just because I was afraid of missing out. It is such a freeing feeling to know that I am courageous enough to say no to plans because they won’t make me happy. I am courageous enough to tell people my hobbies don’t include going out to bars, but blogging and obsessing about my next home DIY project because that is what truly makes me happy. Never be ashamed of the healthy and happy decision you make in your life just because others might disapprove.

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